NJ mom sues baby food maker for wrongful death of baby

A New Jersey woman became the latest mother to sue Abbott Laboratories for blaming the baby food manufacturer for the death of her premature baby last year.

Nicole Cresap, whose daughter died in December, is suing Abbott Labs in the U.S. District Court in Chicago — home to the company’s Nutritional Products division — over the company’s claim that the Similac baby food was safe for premature babies.

The lawsuit alleges the company’s products can cause a bacterial disease — necrotizing enterocolitis — that is fatal in newborns, according to a report.

Cresap’s daughter, Kennedy Hayes, was placed in neonatal care at Morristown Medical Center in late December last year.

The baby, who weighed one pound and nine ounces, was first fed a combination of breast milk and formula, according to the report.

In February she was given Similac Special Care 24 High Protein and 30 High Protein. A month later, the baby was diagnosed with NEC, a gastrointestinal condition, and underwent surgery to remove her bowels, but suffered multi-system organ failure and cardiac arrest that led to her death, the suit states.

Abbott has 16 lawsuits pending nationwide, according to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

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